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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Chicago

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Chicago? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Alpana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (21)
$30 and under
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Welcome to wine inspired cuisine, where every dish is meticulously crafted to harmonize with the discerning palate of a Master Sommelier. Led by Alpana Singh, the youngest woman and first South Asian to conquer the Master Sommelier exam, our menu blurs the lines between food and wine, ensuring each recipe is a symphony of balance, texture, and flavor. Enjoy our global inspired menu featuring an array of dishes including small plates, pastas, vegetarian dishes, meat, seafood and steak. Wine lovers are sure to enjoy our expertly curated list featuring over 200 selections from across the world while cocktail enthusiasts can indulge in our craft cocktail menu.

Regarded as neighborhood wine bistro by the locals, Alpana is located at the corner of State and Pearson in Chicago's historic and trendy Gold Coast district. We invite you to enjoy dinner in our well-appointed dining room or take in the scenery from our cozy patio.

Top review
Wimbeldonvip
Dined 7 days ago
Robert was very attentive and the whipped feta app was incredible.
A photo of Estrella Negra restaurant
5.0
5 (18)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Estrella Negra offers Mexican cuisine with updated flair. Its walls and tables are decorated with local artist artwork for a complimentary visual appeal. Featured on television shows such as Check Please! WGN 9 News and Chicago's Best, Estrella Negra is located on West Fullerton Avenue in the Bucktown/ Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Local chef Otoniel Michel serves up Mexican gourmet street food with the likes of eclectic tamales and empanada samplers. Feast on their award winning tamarind wings, mango salsa enchiladas, goat cheese quesadillas, tacos, burritos and everyones favorite mommas home made pozole. Made both chicken and vegan. Estrella Negra serves a separate brunch menu on Sundays and provides several vegetarian options. It has a full bar with craft cocktails and house recipe collaboration beers. Estrella Negra welcomes reservations. Delivery and take-out services are also available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 20, 2024
Justine was amazing and so was the food. Thank you
A photo of Rollapalooza restaurant
5.0
5 (351)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
COZY AND WARM RESTAURANT. FRESH AND DELICIOUS RESTAURANT. WE ARE NOT NO.1 RESTAURANT. HOWEVER WE DO OUR BEST TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.
Top review
Tayyyyyvip
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
One of my favorite neighborhood sushi spots! Get the lemon salmon roll
A photo of The Cellar Door Experience at The Oakville Grill & Cellar restaurant
5.0
5 (17)
$30 and under
American
West Loop
About the restaurant
Step inside The Cellar Door, a unique experience from The Oakville Grill & Cellar in the Fulton Market District of Chicago that emulates the offerings of featured California vineyards, rotating monthly.

The Cellar Door tasting room offers seating for up to six guests from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience.

Please note that access to the full dinner menu is not included in this experience, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table after or before the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.

Top review
JulianneFvip
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Scott the somm is amazing. We’ve been back a bunch of times, he’s informative and fun and remembers us. My go to wine spot in the neighborhood.
A photo of The Omakase Room at Sushi-san restaurant
4.9
4.9 (46)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is a culmination of Master Sushi Chefs Kaze Chan and Shigeru Kitano’s combined experience defining the Chicago sushi scene. While the menu and service are informed by tradition, guests can expect a transcendent experience that breaks down the formality and austerity usually accompanying omakase dining. Each dinner in the warm, modern, and intimate ten-seat space features luxury ingredients from around the world. Sophisticated and carefully curated beverage pairings are available to complement the meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
the food material 100 percent worth the extra investment
A photo of Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (380)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
At Centennial, our passion is craft beer and our focus is simple: to celebrate craft beer. Beer can bring people together on a common ground and has the ability to create a community. Beer can elevate food. Beer is culture.

We feature 56 taps with a selection of 36 rotating craft beers. In addition to our taps, we feature a high volume of beers available in bottles and cans, as well as a curated selection of craft spirits and wines.

Centennial also features chef-driven food with an emphasis on craft beer. The menu focuses on beer pairings and incorporating beer as an ingredient. Centennial also features smoked, char grilled, and wood-fired ingredients.

Top review
frescoelmovip
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Service was attentive and very upbeat. Did not eat good. Amazing drink choices.
A photo of Roscoe's Tavern restaurant
5.0
5 (196)
$30 and under
American
Roscoe Village
About the restaurant
Welcome to Roscoe’s Tavern, Chicago’s leader in nightlife and entertainment. Guests must be 21+ and present valid ID for entry.


Top review
alejandrom
Dined 6 days ago
Went for EggsYZ brunch on April 13 and the host Batty Davis was so exciting and entertaining! They made the brunch feel light and energetic. Looking forward to her hosting again!
A photo of The Alderman restaurant
4.9
4.9 (179)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Pilsen
About the restaurant
Winner of the 2022 Jean Banchet Award for Best Bar, THE ALDERMAN is an intimate, 16-seat cocktail bar tucked away, behind closed doors, within Pilsen Yards. The cocktail list rotates some of its original cocktail features, while the twists on American classics are staples of the cocktail list.

With a plush velvet banquette and a 4-seat counter, it’s the perfect room for a night cap, a date, or a casual evening of one to several astonishingly good cocktails.

Top review
ColbyS
Dined 5 days ago
Great drinks - fun vibe - friendly bartenders - overall a very fun evening
A photo of AJI restaurant
4.9
4.9 (35)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
An experience is what we offer— an unforgettable experience for your senses. Our 15 course omakase meal is perfectly complimented with great music, ambiance, and charming service. Our small staff has been in the sushi industry collectively for over 30 years and we have nothing but respect and passion for good service and food. Nothing excites us more than to be a part of an unforgettable evening with you and your loved ones.
Top review
Vinnievip
Dined 5 days ago
Aji was delicious, great omakase, friendly staffs. Definitely recommend if you are into omakase's
A photo of Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Indiana Ave. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (169)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
South Loop
About the restaurant
A Family Tradition, Serving the Finest Pizza for Over 60 Years. We feature the same great food found inside all Pizano’s locations, and serve a variety of local, domestic, and imported brews.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 17, 2024
Pizza was better than any of those in downtown Chicago (and we’ve had them all, multiple times). I liked that the pizza wasn’t all ‘dough’ like other Chicago pizzas. Enough dough to be Chicago style, but not too much where you could actually taste the other toppings. The service was friendly, not rushed and on top of things. And the bank wasn’t broken!!
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